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Camilo

Camilo is a best-selling Latin pop singer and songwriter from Colombia. Initially a member of Los Ninos Rebeldes, he got the public's attention in 2007 by winning The XS Factor in Colombia. His breezy tenor singing voice and dancing chops immediately registered with audiences. His debut album, Regálame Tu Corazón, was issued that same year and received airplay but didn't chart. Three years later, Camilo released the follow-up long-player entitled Tráfico de Sentimientos, which marked his first chart appearance inside the Colombian and Peruvian Top 40. Focusing on his writing and production chops for the next seven years while he also hosting a children's television program), Camilo eventually got back in the music game by writing for other artists. He penned "Internacionales" for Bomba Estereo, and "Mi Mala" and "Desconocidos" for Mau y Ricky's debut album Para Aventuras y Curiosidades, and appeared on the latter tracks. ("Mi Mala" also featured Karol G.) It was certified quadruple platinum by the RIAA. The following year he delivered four of his own singles including the platinum-certified "Tutu" with Pedro Capo (a later remix also included Shakira).

Born Camilo Echeverry Correa in Medellin in 1994, he and his sister, Manuela Echeverry, formed a musical team as teenagers; they tried out for XS Factor, but failed to reach the end of the competition. He returned the following year as a solo artist and won, setting in motion his debut album, Regálame Tu Corazón. Radio and video paid attention, but the effort didn't chart. In 2008, he made further TV appearances on the RCN Channel's Super Pá and in the telenovela En Los Tacones de Eva. Also in 2008, he began making regular appearances on the children's television program Bichos, where he remained until 2009, when went on tour in Colombia and the United States. In 2010, he released his Sony follow-up, Tráfico de Sentimientos, that hit inside the Top Ten in Colombia; it also charted in Peru as well as other South American countries. Camilo returned to Bichos (by then renamed Tu Planeta Bichos), and was selected as a presenter on the 2011 XS Factor. In 2013 he cut the non-charting single "Déjame Quererte Hoy," and the following year he retired from Tu Planeta Bichos. In 2018, he returned as a songwriter, penning hits for Bomba Estereo and Mau y Ricky. He also penned "Paleta de Ha-Ash" and "Cuidao" for Yandel and Natti Natasha. He collaborated with Mau y Ricky and Manuel Turizo on the hit "Desconocidos," and launched his own single, "Japonesa." Camilo also wrote "Pa Dentro" for Juanes.

In 2019, Camilo was in demand. He penned "En Guerra" for Sebastian Yatra and appeared on the track, following it with his own platinum-certified single "N Te Vayas." After writing and recording the triple-platinum single "Me Boca" as a featured guest of Mau y Ricky, he enlisted Pedro Capo to work with him on the single "Tutu." It topped the chart in Mexico and peaked at number two on the U.S. Latin Pop Songs in the U.S.; it was also certified platinum. A remix of the track with Shakira also charted and was followed by the collaborative single "Boomshakalaka" with Dimitri Vegas, Like Mike, Afro Bros, Sebastián Yatra, and Emilia. At year's end, the charting single "Primer Avión" (featuring Matisse) and "La Difícil" appeared from Sony Music Latin under his own name in advance of his third long-player, due in 2020. ~ Thom Jurek

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